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Upper ocean biogeochemistry


Simulations of coastal ocean physics and ecosystems (SCOPE)
Project Manager: Francisco Chavez

Lead Scientists: Francisco Chavez/John Ryan

We propose to model the coastal upwelling ecosystem within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) with high spatial and temporal resolution (scales of kilometers and days). The high-resolution coastal model is nested within regional and basin-scale models. The model includes the interconnected physical, chemical, and biological processes, and is capable of assimilating data from satellites and in situ  sensors. The model will focus on simulating the observed seasonal and interannual variations in physical oceanographic forcing and the chemical and biological consequences. The rich historical data-base and excellent matrix of real-time ocean observing systems available in the MBNMS provide a unique environment for the development of the next generation of coupled coastal physical-biological models. Long-term (decadal and longer) simulation and prediction will contribute to policy, and short-term simulation will guide management. The model will enable the managers of the MBNMS to fulfill their mandate of promoting "resource protection, research, education, and public use." It will also direct future observational efforts within the MBNMS.